Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
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CEC Credits: ACE 0.1 CECs , ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine 1.0 CECs

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Understanding the Psychology of Chronic Pain

More than 25 million Americans suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis, significantly impacting their physical and mental well-being. Those who suffer from chronic pain can experience feelings of desperation as their search for relief comes up empty, or even resignation that relief will never come. Understanding your clients’ pain from their psychological and emotional viewpoint will help you make great progress in mitigating it.

In Coaching Clients With Chronic Pain: Relief From the Inside Out, Kevin Murray, the co-developer of the Pain-Free Movement Specialist Program, will teach you to recognize, anticipate and meet or exceed the deepest psychological and social needs of your clients. This approach will help you learn to work more effectively with clients who suffer from chronic pain and help them ease the discomfort that they live with every day.

You will learn:

  • Why the brain acts the way it does when pain is present and how creating positive stories can create a medium for understanding and coherence
  • How to recognize and appreciate the three-dimensional nature working with people in pain demands, specifically in the psycho-social realm
  • How to help clients expand their level of awareness and transform fear and anxiety into curiosity and possibility
  • How education, language, metaphors and questions act as an interdependent, cohesive system designed to ultimately guide clients towards scripting their own blueprint for a pain-free life

CEC Credits

Approved by the following organizations for continuing education hours:

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine
1.0 CECs

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637


Amazing presentation! I have struggled with back pain before, so I understand firsthand the frustration and emotions behind chronic pain, and can empathize with individuals who share similar struggles. I really liked how the presenter and host interacted with each other throughout the presentation, and how the presenter explained everything in depth.

Psychological components to pain put into a coaching framework--very good point by point demonstration.

As a retired psychotherapist, I know chronic pain can also involve chronic depression which is best handled by a mental health professional. When you work with clients with chronic pain it's important to try to assess as best as possible their level of anxiety and/or depression so if needed you can refer them to a counselor to coordinate services with you. I wish this had been mentioned in the webinar but maybe ACE trainers already know this.